Cracking the Code to Escaping a Soul-Crushing Career, in 10 Steps
Written by Administrator on 28th September 2016, 10:32 AM
Learning to code isn’t sexy – well, that’s debatable — but you know what is? Imagining the look and feel of your own digital space or ideas, then building it. What would it feel like to step off the corporate worker-bee path and move toward your own vision of reality? Change can be scary—we get it. And no one can promise that a new business venture or work life path will succeed. The daily grind of working for someone else, clocking in at an office and supporting another person’s goals may be fine to pay the bills, but it’s unlikely to lead you to the life you really want—the life you would create for yourself if only you knew how. There are great success stories detailing real world examples of how coding can show you the way forward, from conformity to independence, from the slogging routine of an office worker to the freedom of a new environment chosen by you, for you. Coding can change your life – it really can. Read on to learn how to make your escape from worker-bee status, to doing what you truly love:
10 steps to escape a soul-crushing career
1. Start slow, but get started — all you need to do now is research the right coding program for you. The internet is your friend when it comes to learning to code. Use the web to find great free or low-cost coding classes. Sites like Codecademy offer free web-based classes to introduce you to the basics of coding.
2. Find hands on help. Self-paced learning tools are abundant, but not for everyone—time with teachers and peers can make a huge difference. This in-person interaction may come from classes themselves, or they may come from extra-curricular conversations you have about coding with other enthusiasts in your area.
3. Community is key to help encourage follow through. Whether or not the coding class you choose offers community interaction, you can involve yourself in free web forums, and even find other coders in your city to meet with and trade ideas. The coding community is incredibly welcoming and interested in facilitating each other’s work. You will find there are abundant resources for both in person and online meetups.
4. Make time – intentionality matters: Start with side projects after work or on the weekends. The trick is to keep your momentum. Reserve a set block of time everyday or each week to develop your coding skills, so that you gradually build up your proficiency and always remember the last thing you learned. Obviously, with classes, keeping a schedule is a given and will force you to be diligent and consistency; your instructors and peers are there to help.
5. Your work, your time, your outcome: Remember that you aren’t putting in all this effort for another corporate job, but for your own endeavors, and let that guide you.
6. Realize there’s no such thing as an outsider in the world of coding. Innovators come in all genders, colors, ages, and native languages. Embrace the diversity of the coding community and get inspired by all the other coding nerds and geeks – smart is the new sexy!
7. Hatch a plan to marry your passion to your vision – entrepreneurial or otherwise. What would your ideal company website look like? How would it work? Don’t limit your answers to what you’ve seen before—you’re in the business of charting your own path, so be bold.
8. Consider return on investment. When you work for someone else, it’s a lot like paying rent—the moment you stop investing your time, the relationship breaks down. Owning is another story altogether—the return grows over time. Owning is a way to invest in your future and more than that, it allows for fulfillment along the way. Because nothing feels better than working hard toward a goal you set for yourself.
9. Embrace changes in tech, and stay up-to-date. Technology moves at warp speed. Don’t allow other innovators to leapfrog ahead of you, and especially don’t allow your approach to become obsolete. The community you find of like-minded innovators will help you keep up with tech changes. So attend seminars, and talk to other people; ask lots of questions.
10. Pay it forward. Now that you’ve found your way to a purpose-filled life, it’s up to you to keep the movement going. Answer questions and lead by example. By working hard and watching your vision take shape, you can show the next wave of former corporate drones how they can affect the future of industries and their own life of purpose.